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Choosing Between the Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 09/18/2013 at 11:36 AM

Mazda3 Hatchback and Sedan

2014 Mazda3 Sedan vs. Hatchback

The completely redesigned Mazda3 is truly exceptional. With the incredibly high expectations set by the Xbox Live launch event and the constant buzz from automotive experts and journalists, the Mazda3 has exceeded its own hype as one of the best performing new compacts on the road. During your search for a new compact vehicle, the 2014 Mazda3 in Joliet, IL likely will be among your top choices. However, if you decide the Mazda3 is the right choice for you, you also have to choose between the hatchback and sedan. Continue reading to help you make your choice between the 2014 Mazda3 sedan vs. hatchback.

For comparison’s sake, we’ll compare the iSport sedan trims, which are powered by a 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine paired to an automatic transmission (manual transmission also available). The identical powertrain propels the Mazda3 iSport sedan to 41 mpg on the highway and the hatchback to 40 mpg.

2014 Mazda3 Hatchback Trunk

The wide trunk opening and shape of the 2014 Mazda3 hatchback make it more equipped for cargo.

In terms of exterior size, the Mazda3 sedan is longer than the hatchback. Standing 4 ft. 9 in. tall and stretching just over 15 ft., the Mazda 3 sedan has a low profile and a sleek stance that adds to its exterior appeal. The Mazda3 hatchback is just as tall and wide as the sedan, however it’s approximately five inches shorter than its sedan counterpart. The shorter body is not indicative of the overall interior volume, though, as the sedan has 108 cu. ft. of space and the hatchback has 116.2 cu. ft.

The additional space in the hatchback is due to its larger trunk. In fact, the shape of the hatchback with the fifth door in the rear allows for 20 cu. ft. of cargo space with the seats in place and 47 cu. ft. with them folded flat. The sedan offers 12.4 cu. ft. while the seats are in place, however, the seats do not fold.

Without question, the Mazda3 hatchback offers more versatility and space for gear. On the other hand, many drivers prefer the sleek styling, decreased drag, and superior fuel-economy from the sedan. Although the differences between the two aren’t significant in any category, understanding the details between the 2014 Mazda3 sedan vs. hatchback will ensure you make the right choice in the long run. Compare the two for yourself by visiting our northern Illinois Mazda dealership.

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